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    Dubai's Best Activities for Summer 2021

    The world is beginning to open back up and that means people are looking for places to travel immediately. Those heading to warmer climates might wonder what there is to do in Dubai this summer, and if there are any open attractions at all. What kind of activities are there to do in Dubai this summer?     Visitors from around the world are in luck: Dubai is a great place for summer surprises, hence the name of its special summer events. But where to start? Visit the malls first and foremost. Each of the most popular malls and hotels this year will offer great events, but the sports stadiums offer even more alluring attractions.    1. Tom and Jerry Cheese Town Are you a fan of the Tom and Jerry show? Did you grow up watching your favorite cat and mouse chase each other around? If so, you will love ......read more

    Increase in Services for Passengers from the Gulf Region: Kuwait Airways Resumes Flights to Munich

    Starting July 17, 2021 Kuwait Airways re-instates two weekly services between Munich and Kuwait City. The route is operated on Thursdays and Saturdays with a brand new Airbus A320neo. “We are very pleased that Kuwait Airways has decided to re-launch flights to Munich and we expect a good response to the route this summer” states Oliver Dersch, Vice President Traffic Development Munich Airport. Along with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways flights, there will be a total of 19 weekly departures from the Gulf region to Munich this July and potentially more to come in the following months.  In 2019, 1.7 million passengers traveled on flights between Munich and the Gulf States. “We are convinced that traffic between the two popular regions will soon recover,  with Germany once again allowing entry for ......read more

    Al Ain International Airport welcomes two new weekly flights operated by Nile Air

    Al Ain International Airport to connect with Cairo International Airport through scheduled flights by Nile Air every Monday and Friday   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 July 2021: Al Ain International Airport (AAN), owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, has welcomed two new weekly flights between Al Ain and Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The inaugural flight, operated by Nile Air landed at Al Ain International Airport on Monday, July 12 at 21:15 Local Time (LT). Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome two new weekly flights between Al Ain and Cairo, which strengthens our connectivity with the Egyptian capital and facilitates the travel journey of passengers between the UAE and Egypt. The introduction of the new flights comes as part of the expansion of Al Ain ......read more

    7 Stunning Things You Can Only Do In Dubai

    The evergreen cultural influx that you can breathe in Dubai is something unique in the entire world. This city in the heart of the Middle East isn't only made of luxury malls and extraordinary city lights overnight. It's an all-inclusive place where you can enjoy art, shopping at all levels, visit futuristic neighborhoods, and plan a trip to the desert. In a city where fresh-water fountains seem to appear and disappear beyond each corner of its giant buildings, it may not sound a good idea to go exploring the desert region. But Dubai is made of this, as well. The desert on the edge of this city is part of it not less than its 5-star majestic hotels. Incredible Things That Only Dubai Can Offer Tourists If you are tired of the same vacation packages and you are just looking for something really new, Dubai is the perfect ......read more

    7 Unique Adventure Sports You Can Try In Dubai

    Not all places can boast the same high-level kinds of activities to do for both locals and tourists as Dubai. This wonderful city in the heart of the Middle East shines bright like a diamond in a black mine. Surrounded by huge desert regions, Dubai is the capital of anything that is thought to be impossible out there. So, are you still wondering why millions of tourists want to visit this destination every year? We want to offer you a quick overview of the most representative activities that can make your vacation experience not unique but even incredible. It's what everyone tells around after a vacation in Dubai and, believe it, you will also think the same when getting back home. Let's explore Dubai together... Get High On Adrenaline With Dubai's Best Adventure Sports One of the most amazing things that you can only ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Rolls Out WebCargo by Freightos throughout the United States of America

    • The world’s largest cargo airline will provide forwarders in the USA with real-time pricing, capacity, and eBookings via WebCargo Qatar Airways Cargo announces the further roll out of third-party eBooking platform WebCargo by Freightos across the United States of America*, effective 19 July 2021.    Forwarders in the USA will be able to conduct eBookings with access to live rates and available capacity on the WebCargo platform. This will further improve their booking experience with the airline, resulting in higher efficiencies and instant responses for confirmation.  The cargo carrier has an extensive network in the United States spanning 12 cities with 145 weekly flights, thus offering customers more than 4,700 tonnes of cargo capacity every week.   Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, ......read more

    Tax is Not the Answer to Aviation Sustainability

    15, July 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation. EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernization of air traffic management.  “Aviation is committed to decarbonization as a global industry. We don’t need persuading, or punitive measures like taxes to motivate change. In fact, taxes siphon money from the industry that could support emissions’ reducing investments in fleet renewal and clean technologies. To reduce emissions, we need governments to implement a constructive policy framework that, most immediately, ......read more

    IATA Calls on States to Follow WHO Guidance on Cross-Border Travel

    July 15, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to COVID-19 and international travel. It will be presented to the WHO COVID-19 International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday 15 July.   Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:   • Do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit • Remove measures such as testing and/or quarantine requirements for travelers who are fully vaccinated or have had a confirmed previous COVID-19 infection within the past six months • Ensure alternative pathways for unvaccinated individuals through ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For the Peak Eid Holidays

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 13, 2021:  With Etihad’s newest destinations - Mykonos and Santorini in the Greek Islands, and Malaga in Spain - opening last week, and travel restrictions around the world continuing to ease, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are geared up to welcome a large volume of passengers over the Eid holidays.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad recommends visiting etihad.com/destinationguide to check the latest updates before the journey begins.   2. Verified to Fly? Visit ‘Manage my booking’ on etihad.com to share covid-related travel documents. Approval will be shared by ......read more

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Chauffeur Service to and From Dubai for Economy Guests

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is offering free private airport transfers to and from Dubai for guests travelling in Economy to select destinations. Tickets must be booked by 11 August for travel by 30 September 2021. Travellers will also earn double Etihad Guest Miles on their flight too.  Guests travelling to Dubai do not need to quarantine on arrival and can travel easily from Abu Dhabi International Airport, using Etihad’s complimentary transfer services to Dubai. During the promotion, guests travelling in Economy can use the free private car service direct to their home, hotel, or preferred destination in the emirate of Dubai. Fatma Al Mehairi, Vice President Sales UAE, Etihad Airways, said: “With Dubai just an easy one hour drive ......read more

    May Air Cargo 9.4% Above Pre-COVID Levels

    08, July 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend.   As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to May 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9.4% compared to May 2019. Seasonally adjusted demand rose by 0.4% month-on-month in May, the 13th consecutive month of improvement.    The pace of growth slowed slightly in May compared to April which saw demand increase 11.3% against pre-COVID-19 levels (April 2019). Notwithstanding, air cargo outperformed global goods trade for the fifth ......read more

    Women in Aviation (WIA) in Dubai Awards Scholarships to Rising Stars

    Awards are the first of their kind in the MENA region Winners get scholarships worth over US$50,000  Recognition in aviation and aerospace domains Gender diversity in the aviation industry recognised  Dubai, July 6, 2021:  The fifth edition of the Women in Aviation (WIA) Middle East Chapter’s General Assembly, held as a co-located event of the 20th edition of the Airport Show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has awarded scholarships worth over US$50,000 and honoured women who are helping the aviation industry gain gender diversity. For the first time, an exclusive awards programme had been conducted to honour the rising stars in aviation.  The WIA General Assembly featured the first of its kind awards in the MENA region designed to recognize the achievements of organizations and individuals working ......read more

    Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Set to Steal the Show at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

    • Goodwood Festival of Speed dynamic debut of the highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar • V12 Speedster and Vantage F1® Edition to also make Goodwood debut from the Supercar Paddock  • Return to Formula One marked with celebratory ‘Aston Martin Moment’ • Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll will drive AMR21 F1® car on Saturday   July 06, 2021:  Following the cancellation of last year’s show, Aston Martin are looking forward to exciting the crowds this week at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021, with an array of showstopping activities.  With a long-standing history at Goodwood, the ultra-luxury British manufacturer is pulling out all the stops to ensure fans and customers alike are excited and thrilled at what is set to be ......read more

    Jebel Jais – Pushing Ras Al Khaimah's Tourist Sector to New Heights

    July 03, 2021: Ensuring the future of the Hajar Mountains’ native flora and fauna is a key consideration as the Emirate launches new and exciting adventure attractions at the UAE’s highest peak      There can be no better symbol for the tourism aspirations of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah than Jebel Jais, the tallest mountain in the UAE. Reaching almost two kilometers in height, this imposing feature stands out against the impressive contours of the Hajar Mountains and - thanks to a new focus in tourism - has come to represent Ras Al Khaimah’s ambitions in this sector, both literally and figuratively.    In a literal sense, the mountain is the center of a new tourism paradigm for Ras Al Khaimah based on adventure, sustainability and eco-tourism, while metaphorically, its elevation as the ......read more

    SITA Launches a Revitalized Portfolio to Meet the Industry's Changing Demands

    Five priority areas have been identified as critical to rebuilding air travel post-COVID   UAE – 1 July 2021:  Your Runway to Success, published today by SITA, sets out five critical areas for the air transport industry’s rebuild in the next 18 months and highlights SITA’s remodeled solutions to tackle the major challenges facing air travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.    Over the past 12 months, COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the aviation industry financially and operationally. IATA estimates a net loss for the airline industry of $47.7 billion in 2021. IATA research also reveals that average passenger processing and waiting times have doubled from what they were pre-crisis during peak time – reaching three hours despite travel volumes hovering at around 30% of ......read more

    Calm Haven for Seafarers at Hamad International Airport Passes 50,000 Visitors in Under Seven Months

    • Mariner Lounge in Doha has ceremonial opening to mark International Maritime Organization’s Day of the Seafarer 2021, with hundreds given free flight upgrades as part of commemoration • Qatar Airways has transported more than 380,000 seafarers and offshore workers since April 2020 for repatriation and crew change   July 01, 2021:  The world’s first airport lounge for the exclusive use of seafarers and offshore workers has surpassed more than 50,000 visitors since it opened its doors in late 2020 and to mark the International Maritime Organization’s “Day of the Seafarer”, Qatar Airways held a ceremonial opening event. Located at Qatar Airways’ hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha, the Mariner Lounge was officially opened by the Group Chief Executive of Qatar ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends ‘Verified to Fly' Travel Document Initiative Globally

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 30, 2021:   Etihad Airways has extended its ‘Verified To Fly’ travel document initiative, enabling travellers to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport, to routes across its global network.  Available for the vast majority of Etihad flights, to use the Verified to Fly service passengers sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and following the simple instructions to upload and submit their travel documents. Guests will receive confirmation once their documents have been approved in line with government requirements and can travel to the airport with confidence and peace of mind, knowing they have met all essential requirements before their flight.  With the formalities out of the way, verified travellers enjoy fast track ......read more

    United Airlines Orders 70 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

    Premium single-aisle aircraft positions airline for growth    UAE, 29 June 2021 - United Airlines has placed an order for 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft, positioning the airline to grow its presence in the single-aisle market in alignment with its “United Next” initiative.  The new order complements existing orders from United for 50 A321XLR aircraft, bringing the total commitment from the airline to 120 A321 aircraft.  Another reason the A321neo is in such high demand globally is that the aircraft provides superior environmental performance with the lowest CO₂ emissions per seat in its class. The A321neo’s lower carbon footprint will support United along its journey to reduce the airline’s CO₂ emissions 100% by 2050.  United’s A321neo aircraft will feature ......read more

    IATA Launches Self Registration Portal for IATA Travel Pass Lab Network

    29, June 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a self-registration portal to make it easier for COVID-19 testing labs to join the IATA Travel Pass Lab Network.  IATA’s Lab Network provides a list of eligible lab locations around the globe so that travelers can easily find a location for a COVID-19 test prior to travel.  The newly launched portal provides a one-stop-shop for labs to self-register to be included in the Network.  Labs wishing to join the IATA Lab Network should confirm that they meet the eligibility *criteria* and register through the new Self Registration Portal. Before they are included in the IATA Travel Pass, IATA will validate the information and contact labs directly to finalize their registration. The IATA Lab Network is free for labs to ......read more

    Sealine Beach Resort Stands Nominated for a Slew of Travel Destination Awards

    Doha, Qatar – 29, June 2021: Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort, and Qatar’s first leisure destination have been nominated for a number of travel destination accolades at the 2021 International Travel Awards. The prestigious annual International Awards celebrate the best of travel, tourism, and hospitality worldwide. Qatar’s first leisure destination and today one of the most popular tourist spots, Sealine Beach Resort offers its guests a haven of comfort and luxury emboldened by diverse experiences. As such, the resort has been nominated under Qatar’s Best Desert Resort 2021, Qatar’s Best Family Beach Resort 2021, and Qatar’s Best Ocean View Resort 2021. Commenting on the nomination, Mr. Ahmad Al-Abdullah, Acting General Manager at Sealine Beach Resort, stated: “We are proud to be ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cargo Rise to the Top Amid Pandemic

    June 29, 2021:  Although the aviation industry took a hard hit in 2020 and suffered its heaviest losses to date, Turkish Airlines distinguished itself with relatively good business performance. According to CAPA (Centre for Aviation, part of the Aviation Week Network) Turkish Airlines established itself as the busiest aircraft carrier in Europe during the pandemic, and one of the top five airlines in the world. This was achieved by a series of agile steps to maintain liquidity, keep costs at a manageable level and adapt to the “new normal”.  Turkish Airlines successfully ended the fiscal year 2020 with 6.7 billion USD revenue, which accounts for 50% of the preceding year’s level, with a net loss of only 836 million USD. During these uncertain times, the airline was also able to maintain its robust route ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Launches WebCargo by Freightos throughout the European* Region

    June 28, 2021:  The world’s largest cargo airline will provide forwarders in Europe with real-time pricing, capacity, and eBookings via WebCargo  Since the launch in February 2021, Qatar Airways Cargo has received a large number of eBookings via the platform Qatar Airways Cargo announces that WebCargo by Freightos will be introduced across the European region* effective 30 June 2021. Forwarders will be able to conduct eBookings with access to live rates and available capacity on the WebCargo platform. With the implementation of WebCargo across Europe, the total count of countries in the airline’s network on the platform will increase to 32. This will allow customers to further digitalise their experience with the airline in the region, resulting in more process efficiencies and faster market ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Offers its Customers Envirotainer's Innovative Releye® RLP Container for Pharma Transport

    Equipped with intelligent cargo protection and unsurpassed autonomy, these containers provide cost efficiency and outstanding environmental performance, in line with the carrier’s sustainability goals.   June 23, 2021:  Qatar Airways Cargo announces the approval of Envirotainer’s latest innovation – The Releye® RLP container. With the newest addition to its range of temperature-controlled containers, the airline now offers 16 temperature-controlled container leasing options for life science and health care products to maintain a secure and seamless cool chain. It has been already offering customers Envirotainer’s RAP and RKN active pharma containers since 2014. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways said, “We are committed to provide our customers the best solutions. A ......read more

    Elegant Places in Dubai and Abu Dhabi To Watch Euros 2020 in Style

    The much-anticipated summer tournament promises much action this year, and the exciting fixtures already have fans frenzied. Fans are also coming back to the stadiums after an unusual year of football. The atmosphere at the Euros will indeed be electrifying. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, football fanatics have the chance to follow the competition from the best venues in the city. Here are a few outlets to consider. Dubai   Perry and Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse  The spacious venue has long anticipated the Euros and has an accommodative set up for football lovers featuring 12 big screens. F&B offers are also in order in the entire period presenting price discounts on meals such as the old-fashioned P&B burgers, smoky mountain burgers, beyond burgers, chicken burgers, and so much more! The ......read more

    MBRSC Collaborates with CNES on the Emirates Lunar Mission

    •         Under the French-Emirati cooperation initiative, the French space agency will provide MBRSC with CASPEX cameras for the Rashid Rover. •         The cameras will provide high resolution images in full HD.   Dubai, UAE, 21 June 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it has partnered with French space agency, CNES for the Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this new French-Emirati cooperation initiative, CNES will provide MBRSC with two optical cameras (CASPEX) for the Rashid rover, which will provide high resolution images in full HD. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General, MBRSC had held a virtual meeting recently with Philippe Baptiste, Chairman and CEO, CNES to discuss the partnership and areas on which both centres can work ......read more

    Rosewood Jeddah Welcomes Back GCC Travellers With Summer Splendor Offer

    The perfect destination in Jeddah for business and leisure travellers     June 21, 2021:  The much-loved Rosewood Jeddah is offering a range of exciting summer offers since travel restrictions have been lifted, allowing GCC travelers to return once more. The iconic hotel has vaccinated its entire hotel staff to ensure guests returning to one of the city’s most beloved hotels feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a strict Covid protocol has been put into place.     In spite of the soaring summer temperatures, there is much to tempt guests whether travelling for business or pleasure. From its spectacular rooftop pool with panoramic views of the Red Sea to its state-of-the-art fitness center, four dining venues and lounges, Rosewood Jeddah will leave guests feeling relaxed and ......read more

    Wizz Air Launches Paperless Flight Deck With Its New Electronic Flight Bag

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 June 2021: Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest-growing airline, today announces the launch of its new Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), a technical solution that will replace all printed onboard manuals and materials with iPads for pilots. The new system brings increased efficiency to all aspects of flight planning. It builds on the airline’s broader sustainability commitments by significantly reducing paper use and fuel consumption.  Under the new EFB system, every Wizz Air pilot will receive an iPad. The devices will be equipped with the relevant documents, charting- and performance applications needed to prepare for a flight. It offers real-time information and revisions to mission briefings throughout the journey.   The switch to using the new EFB will also positively impact Wizz Air’s ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Offers Even Lower Fares for Selected Flights Through Mobile App Sale

    18, June 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is offering 15% discount on ticket fares for selected flights purchased on the mobile app, which is also available in Arabic. The even lower than usual fares will be for specific flights operating until 31 October 2021. Flights will need to be purchased through the mobile app before 18 June 23:59 CET time.  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi offers discounted PCR tests in the UAE capital. Everyone on board of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi flights will have been tested prior to boarding and approved to travel in line with Abu Dhabi Airport guidelines. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the youngest fleet composed of four brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions, and noise footprint.

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    Gambling, Alcohol, and the Law - What visitors to Dubai should know

    Although the pandemic hit Dubai’s tourism just as much as anywhere else in the world, there was a steady year-on-year increase in visitor numbers until 2020.  In 2018 there were nearly 16 million visitors which was an increase of one million from 2016. The official number now stands at around 16.7 million tourists visiting Dubai every year. The large majority of these visits are safe and enjoyable, however, there are some laws that tourists may not be aware of before they arrive.  Whether you are visiting Thailand, the USA, China, or Dubai, it is always a good idea not only to research places to visit and activities but to understand the local laws and customs too. Not understanding local culture can sometimes get you in as much trouble as breaking the law.  To help keep you safe on your trip to Dubai here ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Awarded ISAGO Registration

    - Abu Dhabi Airports’ Ground Handling service provider, Munawala, awarded IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration - Registration is a reflection of Munawala’s exceptional safety and security performance across Al Ain International Airport   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 June 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Munawala Ground Services (Munawala), Abu Dhabi Airports’ Ground Handling service provider, the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration, marking its commitment to safety and security. The award follows the successful completion of a comprehensive audit of Munawala’s management and safety systems at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, as well as its ground-handling operations at Al Ain International Airport ......read more

    Flydubai and Alhosn Partner to make Travel more Convenient

    June 16, 2021:  flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced that it has partnered with Alhosn, the official UAE app for contact tracing and health testing related to COVID-19, to provide passengers with digital verification of COVID-19 medical records while travelling from the UAE. flydubai becomes the first airline to partner with Alhosn to offer this service to its passengers. flydubai passengers, who are citizens, residents and visitors of the UAE, can now use the Alhosn app at check-in without having to present a printed copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test result when travelling from Dubai. This service is now available for flydubai passengers departing from Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB). Plans to integrate the service for flydubai flights departing from Dubai International (DXB), Terminal 3 are currently ......read more

    Travel Quarantine-Free With Etihad Airways From AED 995

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Until 24 June 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched reduced and flexible fares to quarantine-free destinations globally.  Whether travellers are looking for a short city break or a week relaxing on the beach, it’s time to see the world from a new perspective. Make up for lost time and reclaim the summer.   With limited or no quarantine when travellers fly to and from Etihad’s sale destinations, experience a Spanish fiesta with fares from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona from AED 1,995 or soak up the cultural vibrance Rome has to offer from AED 1,995. For those that are looking for a bit of extra room on board, Economy Space offers just that - with extra legroom for more space and comfort. Until 24 June, all new bookings will ......read more

    Travel Secrets: Top 5 Useful Applications for Those Who Are Going to Relax in the UAE

    Now, when traveling, few people get by with a simple map and guidebook. Often tourists think over routes to the smallest detail, buy tickets to museums, book hotels in advance and online. But it also happens that there is no time for this organization, let's say you have found a new hobby - using TonyBet log in to try more and more new games. In this case, modern irreplaceable assistants come to the rescue - applications. We present to you a selection of the most useful apps for tourists traveling to the UAE.   We Call a Taxi The first application that will be needed already at the UAE airport is, of course, a taxi. Oddly enough, Uber operates in the UAE. Here it is a little different: no private owners (private transportation in the UAE is prohibited by law), only drivers with a special license. They must be ......read more

    Business Aviation at Dubai Airshow 2021: A Thriving Industry Despite the Challenges

    - Business aviation is one of the few industries that saw growth despite the impact of COVID-19   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 13 June 2021: Dubai Airshow is set to highlight the growth in business aviation and provide a platform for industry experts to shape the future of the industry with the deployment of ground-breaking technologies. Business aviation is one of the key sectors that will be represented at the event, with 30% of the attendance being involved in that part of the industry.    Key names in business aviation that will be taking part in Dubai Airshow 2021 include Airbus, Boeing, Airports World Company LTD, CAE, Citadel Completions, Comlux, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Emojet, Gainjet Aviation S.A., Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.    In the wake of ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Announces Updated List of “Green List” Destinations (Effective from 13 June 2021)

    13, June 2021, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has issued the updated list of ‘Green List’ destinations. Passengers arriving from these destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.   Countries, regions, and territories included within the ‘Green List’ will be regularly updated based on international development. Inclusion in the list is subject to strict criteria of health and safety to ensure the well-being of the UAE community. The list also only applies to countries passengers are arriving from rather than citizenship.   Please note below the updated ‘Green List’ as of 13 ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Celebrates Philippine Independence Day with Special AED1 Seat Sale for Dubai-Manila Flights

    • As a special treat for UAE-based Filipinos and other residents this Independence Day, Cebu Pacific launches a three-day airfare deal for Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED1 one-way base fare    • The promo runs from June 12 until June 14, 2021, and covers the travel period from November 1, 2021 until March 26, 2022     Dubai, UAE, 12 June 2021:     As the Philippines commemorates its 123rd Independence Day, the country’s largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), launched a special seat sale that gives everyone the right to fly to their local and international destination of choice—including Dubai to Manila flights—for as low as AED1 one-way base fare.   The latest travel deal runs from June 12 until June 14, allowing UAE-based ......read more

    Yahsat and Airbus Complete Preliminary Design Review of Next Generation Satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 09 June 2021:  Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the leading global satellite operator wholly-owned by Mubadala, and Airbus today announced the realisation of a key milestone in the construction of the Thuraya 4-NGS next generation mobile telecommunications system, the successful completion of its Preliminary Design Review (PDR).  Thuraya 4-NGS is part of a transformational programme delivering a comprehensive, new L-band ecosystem with the upgrade of Thuraya’s space and ground, and user (products and solutions) segments. Complemented by a 5G-ready core network, Yahsat’s newest satellite system will ensure increased coverage and capacity, while delivering next generation mobility solutions for all customer segments, including defence, government, enterprise and consumers. The PDR ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces New Summer Routes to Mykonos, Santorini and Malaga

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 06, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch seasonal flights to Greece’s most popular islands, Mykonos and Santorini, and the famous southern Spanish city of Malaga in Andalusia.  Mykonos will operate between 8 July and 11 September 2021 and Santorini between 9 July and 12 September 2021. Both destinations will benefit from a twice weekly direct service on an Airbus A320.  With a safe travel corridor established between the UAE and Greece, fully vaccinated individuals now have more opportunities to enjoy quarantine free travel. Travellers can enjoy Mykonos’ Mediterranean cuisine or admire Santorini’s unique architecture. Just over four hours from Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s new flights to the Greek islands complement the ......read more

    Qatar Airways and Amadeus to Strengthen Distribution and IT partnership

    June 02, 2021:  Qatar Airways intends to expand its long-term partnership with Amadeus, embracing NDC solutions to enhance its retailing capabilities Many travelers are looking forward to quenching their desire to travel in the months ahead. With customer service taking on a whole new meaning, airlines have an opportunity to create new offers and services that boost travelers’ confidence as they welcome them back. An airline that understands this exceptionally well is Qatar Airways. Confronting the challenges posed by COVID-19 head-on, the innovative and leading airline is set to come out stronger from this crisis having not lost any sight of customer needs nor time in accelerating its growth strategy.  Understanding the critical value of the travel agency channel to enable its ambitious growth plans, the airline ......read more

    Your Guide to Quarantine-Free and Easy Travel Options With Etihad Airways

    • Germany, Spain and USA added to Abu Dhabi ‘green list’ • Italy lifts quarantine on arrival  • Bahrain, Greece and Seychelles welcome fully vaccinated travellers  • Verified to Fly and Home Check-in services make travel even easier   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 01, 2021:  Following the latest update to Abu Dhabi’s ‘green list’ and the UAE’s recent announcement of safe travel corridors, Etihad Airways guides travellers on the best way to enjoy hassle-free travel.    New Additions to Abu Dhabi Green List Now, passengers arriving from Germany, Spain and the USA, can enjoy quarantine-free travel when they arrive in Abu Dhabi. This is in addition to the countries already represented on the green list, including ......read more

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    Safety, Carbon Offsetting, Sustainability in operations and Biodiversity are some focus areas in which the airline has achieved significant progress   The Cathay Pacific Group recently released its 2020 Sustainable Development Report that summarises the initiatives that were brought about by the pandemic including new safety measures and policies introduced to support its customers and employees through the global health crisis. The report also points at the progress made in reducing carbon footprint, along with measures taken to tackle operational sustainability ......read more

    Smart Technology will Define Future Airports, says SIRA Chief

    No place for traditional airports without advanced smart technologies Future technologies will enhance airport security Dubai, May 26, 2021:  There will be no place for traditional airports to operate without advanced and smart technologies in the future which stresses the absolute necessity for airports of the future to enhance security and facilities enabled with smart devices, said Major General Khalifa Ibrahim Al Saleis, Chief Executive Officer, Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA). Delivering the keynote speech on Future Technologies Enhancing Airport Security at the ......read more

    Airport Show's 20th Edition Opens in Dubai on a High Optimism Note

    Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed: The overwhelming response to the Airport Show indicates the aviation world’s strong confidence in Dubai and its global efforts DXB continues to innovate to remain an ideal destination in the future Thani Alzaffin: The aviation industry will regain the lost momentum soon Ali Al Midfa: The Show enhances cooperation in the aviation industry Ibrahim Ahli: Dubai constantly upgrades safety and security systems A renewed sense of optimism in the airport industry after unprecedented upheavals and challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic Dubai, May 24, 2021: His ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Announces Updated List of “Green List” Destinations (Effective from 23 May 2021)

    23 May 2021, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has issued the updated list of ‘Green List’ destinations. Passengers arriving from these destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.   Countries, regions, and territories included within the ‘Green List’ will be regularly updated based on international development. Inclusion in the list is subject to strict ......read more

    Emirates Post Care Society and VFS Global Distributes Gifts to Children of Inmates of Penal and Reform Institutions

    • Distribution drive provided clothing items for over 100 children from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah    May 23, 2021: To mark the season of giving, the Emirates Post Care Society joined hands with VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, to provide gifts to over 100 children of inmates of penal and reform institutions in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.   Under the charity program, the children went on a shopping trip and were able to select clothing items as per ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Saudia Solidify Relationship With Reciprocal Earn and Burn Partnership

    May 19, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier, SAUDIA, announced a new reciprocal loyalty agreement, expanding on the existing codeshare deal between the two airlines. Members of the Etihad Guest and ALFURSAN programmes can now earn and redeem miles on flights across both carriers’ networks. Loyalty programme members from both airlines will also be able to earn Tier Miles and Tier Segments, helping them progress to the next tier level faster. In addition, members will be able to earn ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport accredited by ACI for its Health and Safety Measures

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 May 2021:  Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has successfully received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI), as a testament of its implementation of extensive health and safety measures in response to the global pandemic.  The accreditation reflects the quality of the Airport’s measures, which align with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (ICAO CART), as well as industry best practices. The accreditation is based on ......read more

    A First-Time Traveler's Guide to Dubai

    Dubai, referred to as the city of gold, is famous for offering the extremes of almost everything you can imagine. If you’ve been scouring the internet gleaming for as much information as you can before hopping on to the next flight to Dubai, this first-time traveler’s guide can come in handy. From the vast desert to the blue sea and from the tallest building in the world to the jaw-dropping malls, you must soak in as much of this world as possible. With excellent restaurants serving cuisines from all over the globe to the sunny beaches, Dubai is full of excitement at every ......read more

    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Rapid Increase in Private Jets Movements in Q1 2021

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 May 2021:  Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South announced that private jets movements continued their impressive growth in 2021 with a 336% increase in Q1 2021, reaching 4,904 compared to 1,460 in Q1 2020 and 1,676 in Q1 2019.   Aircraft movements include the four FBOs operating at MBRAH, which are Jetex Executive Aviation, Jet Aviation, DC Aviation and ExecuJet Middle East.  Tahnoon Saif, CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, said: “Our private jets movements at the VIP Terminal in MBRAH have been increasing steadily ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Reaches All Time High in March, up 4.4% Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

    05 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels (March 2019) with demand up 4.4%. March demand reached the highest level recorded since the series began in 1990. Month-on-month demand also increased albeit at a slower pace than the previous month with volumes up 0.4% in March over February 2021 levels.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless ......read more

    March Domestic Demand Sees Upsurge but International Travel Still Largely Shutdown

    5 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels (March 2019) but rose compared to the immediate month prior (February 2021).    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 67.2% compared to ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Sees 25% Increase in Private and Business Jet Activity in Q1

    Dubai, UAE, May 05, 2021: In further signs of an economic recovery in Dubai, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), the leading business aviation company with its own FBO and hangar facility, has recorded a 25% increase in private and business jet activity in the first quarter of this year.  From its fully integrated facility at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South, DCAF saw an increased number of VVIP guests arriving from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe, India and Pakistan amongst others. The company also saw increased visitors from Israel following the ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2021 Results'

    • 125 commercial aircraft delivered in a market environment that remains uncertain  • Strong focus on cost and cash containment; progress on restructuring • Revenues € 10.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 0.5 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.46 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.2 billion, including positive phasing impact • Net cash position at € 5.6 billion • The guidance issued in February 2021 remains unchanged Amsterdam, 29 April 2021 – Airbus SE ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2021 Results

    • 125 commercial aircraft delivered in a market environment that remains uncertain  • Strong focus on cost and cash containment; progress on restructuring • Revenues € 10.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 0.5 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.46 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.2 billion, including positive phasing impact • Net cash position at € 5.6 billion • The guidance issued in February 2021 remains unchanged   United Arab Emirates, 29 April 2021 ......read more

    Air Cairo Receives its First Airbus A320neo

    UAE, 26 April 2021:  Air Cairo, Egypt’s low-fare airline, has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft. The new aircraft will join Air Cairo’s all Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.  The aircraft is on lease from ICBC Leasing and is equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines. With improved levels of efficiency, the new aircraft will be deployed on Air Cairo’s regional and international network to serve countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – demonstrating the operational flexibility of the A320neo. Air Cairo’s fleet expansion and ......read more

    IATA Welcomes WHO Emergency Committee Risk Management Recommendations

    24 April 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged states to comply with recommendations on international travel from the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on testing and risk management during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, IATA highlighted the following recommendations for states: • “Do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.”    IATA believes that the freedom to travel across borders should not be limited to those who are able to be ......read more

    Reduced Losses but Continued Pain in 2021

    -Immediate Priorities are Restart Plans, Employment Support, and Costs-   22, April 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects net airline industry losses of $47.7 billion in 2021 (net profit margin of -10.4%). This is an improvement on the estimated net industry loss of $126.4 billion in 2020 (net profit margin of -33.9%).    “This crisis is longer and deeper than anyone could have expected. Losses will be reduced from 2020, but the pain of the crisis increases. There is optimism in domestic markets where aviation’s hallmark ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Advisory Board Convenes for the First Time to Analyse the Future of Aerospace with Industry Leaders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 22, April 2021:  Dubai Airshow, in collaboration with the Defense Services Marketing Council (DSMC), held the first meeting of its Advisory Board for 2021. With its high-level industry, government and academic members, the Board focused on analysing industry trends and discussing future strategies that will drive growth for the aerospace sector.   The goal of the Board of Advisors is to help shape the 2021 program and agenda for the Dubai Airshow, in order to elevate the event to a new level of success. After an unprecedented time of ......read more

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